The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (April 2015)

All the votes are in! 


And below are the results for the TechNet Guru Awards, April 2014 !!!!


The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!

Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.

See the links at the bottom, to find out more about the competition and how to enter.


We have picked the top three highest scored contributions for each category to bestow our awards upon.

The awards are in gold, silver and bronze, the gold obviously being the top winner of the category.

The last column is just a few of the comments judges made during the judging process.

In some cases, we have not obtained permission to use the judges names, so they have been reduced to initials.


My fellow wiki ninjas will be digging deeper into some of these articles in this blog series, so watch out for those.

Starting this month you will notice some articles are marked as failing to meet our minimum bar for quality or content.

Any of our judges can exercise their right to veto an article, if they do not feel it meets minimum requirements for a medal.  

When this is the case, we will at least give an indication of the reason, so you understand why.


A big thank you also to the other authors who did not make the top three of each category.

Some articles only just missed out, so we may be returning to discuss those too, in future blogs.

Guru Award  BizTalk Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Muhammad Ehsan Calling the REST API from BizTalk Server - Multiple Endpoints Sandro Pereira: "Well format with nice pictures, well explained and with source code, you cannot ask for more. Great article. Nice job Muhammad Ehsan"
Ed Price: "Great scenario that's thoroughly explained! Great to have the code on the MSDN Gallery!"


Guru Award  Microsoft Azure Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Chervine Big Data Analytics using Microsoft Azure: Introduction JH: "Great introduction to one of my favorite topics. Hope to see more about it."
Ed Price: "I love the write-ups and diagrams! You do a great job walking the reader through this topic!"

Silver Award Winner


Ken Cenerelli Using Microsoft Application Insights in an MVC application Ed Price: "Great descriptions and use of images! The See Also section is also helpful!"
JH: "Another great one from Ken. Would like to see another article about the customizing."

Bronze Award Winner


Chiyo Odika Troubleshooting Azure Operational Insights Capacity Planning Data Aggregation in Progress Issues JH: "A service I was not really aware of. Great article about Azure OpInsights."
Ed Price: "This is a good solution and article. It could benefit from a TOC, Headers, and links sections at the bottom. "
Guru Award  Miscellaneous Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy O'Neill Silverlight: StrikeThrough Ed Price: "Wow! This is a lot of work to get a strike through! Incredibly thorough! Great article!"
Durval Ramos: "Very useful, images and code help a lot to understand. And have a sample on TNGallery, "tags", See Also,... Good article!"
PG: "Very elaborate article, nice procedure"
Richard Mueller: "A subtle and complex problem. Good to have a solution. We can use more links."

Silver Award Winner


Sarah Lean CRM 2011 Outlook Deployment Ed Price: "A valuable list of requirements. Short but useful."
Durval Ramos: "Further work is needed to better understand this content"
PG: "Very short, to the point, might need some work to build more elaborate content"
Richard Mueller: "Good start, but needs work. Needs references."


Guru Award  SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Danish Islam SharePoint Site URLs not working without appending default.aspx Margriet Bruggeman: "I like this one. Not a trivial issue to solve, although it will occur seldomly, and the reasoning behind the solution is explained nicely"
Ed Price: "Good formatting and use of images."

Silver Award Winner


Inderjeet Singh Jaggi PSconfig wizard fails after you install any update on SharePoint server Ed Price: "Great write up! Could benefit form code formatting, Headers, a TOC, and link sections like See Also, References, and Other Resources."
Margriet Bruggeman: "Nice find, although I am a bit worried about the state of the upgrade after this has happened and the property is changed. Also, be consistent: are we talking about 2010 or 2013?"
Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Great technical content."

Bronze Award Winner


Arleta Wanat SharePoint Online: Remove a stuck site mailbox Ed Price: "Beautiful! This is a great scenario that's masterfully demonstrated with the right balance of images, explanations, and code snippets!"
Margriet Bruggeman: "This seems to be a very complete discussion of this very problem. Very useful!"
Hezequias Vasconcelos: "Interesting feature in SharePoint Online."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Small Basic Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Programming Games with Small Basic: Chapter 6: Tic Tac Toe Program Michiel Van Hoorn: "This is probably one of the best end-to-end tutorials for programming a simple (but well designed game). Great learning material for all beginning coders."
RZ: "This is fantastic! Tic-Tac-Toe is the classic of course. And the book is modeled after the classic one. Tons of games for beginner to explore the power of BASIC programming language."


Guru Award  SQL BI and Power BI Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Samir Abrahao Implementing a faster distinct sort or aggregate in SSIS PT: "Nice, well-written and thorough post."
Ed Price: "Very good! Great descriptions and use of images! It could benefit from Headers, a TOC, and a See Also section at the end that links to other Wiki articles. It was very well written!"
RB: "Nice, explicative walkthrough."


Guru Award  SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Shanky Does SQL Server Backup Operation Uses Parallelism Ed Price: "Who should win? Shanky or Shanky? I think Shanky should win! Great code formatting, images, very easy to navigate, and solid Conclusion write-up! It would benefit from a See Also section. Amazing article!"
Durval Ramos: "Very clear and detailed, successfully demonstrates how BACKUP operation use parallelism. Amazing!"
JS: "Very well researched, I like the reference you are doing to the mutiple MSDN articles / blogs."

Silver Award Winner


Shanky Should we move resource database ?

Ed Price: "Very clear and easy to follow!"
Durval Ramos: "This is an interesting article, it would be better used on MS Connect" 
AN: "I don´t see any reason why you should move the resource databases nor is one mentioned here. I see the "not supported" flags you are raising, but why write a technet article from it? Good technical depth, but no need for exposing this."


Guru Award  System Center Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Chiyo Odika Troubleshooting Azure Operational Insights Capacity Planning Data Aggregation in Progress Issues Ed Price: "Good topic, descriptions, and use of images. Could be improved with a TOC and links sections at the end. Great article!"

Silver Award Winner


Noah Stahl PowerShell & System Center Orchestrator - Best Practice Template Ed Price: "Great template with a lot of details! Could benefit from a Conclusion and link sections at the end. Fantastic article that's very clear!"
TN: "excellent article providing PoweShell template for Orchestrator"

Bronze Award Winner


Daniel Örneling Capacity planning in Azure Operational Insights Ed Price: "Good introduction, use of images, and wrap up! Could benefit from a TOC."
TN: "helpful article on capacity planning "

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

Guru Award  Transact-SQL Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Saeid Hasani T-SQL: Check Database Consistency Using Visual Studio SSDT Ed Price: "The images are a lot of fun! This is a very clear article that's easy to follow! Great job!"
Durval Ramos: "Good solution, mainly to find differences in large scritps. A step-by-step with images and code that really makes it clear. "
Richard Mueller: "A subtle issue. Grammar needs work."

Silver Award Winner


Saeid Hasani T-SQL: Two Reasons for Using Table Variable Instead of Temp Tables Richard Mueller: "Very interesting and instructive issue. Grammar should be improved."
Durval Ramos: "Interesting, we should appreciate the discussion about the issue."
Ed Price: "As Andy mentions in the comments: "I think there are times the various work rounds aren't attractive or available and it's good to be aware of the potential pitfalls rather than just use temp tables every time." Great article!"

Bronze Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Extending DATEADD Function to Skip Weekend Days Ed Price: "Great scenario that's well-exectued with beautifully formatted code!"
Richard Mueller: "Good solution for common problem. Needs references/links."
Durval Ramos: "Very interesting, but we have other similar articles on TNWiki. I believe is missing add a "See Also" section to enhance this article and others about the same issue."


Guru Award  Visual Basic Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Parse a JSON stream to show TechNet Medals on WPF ListBox Anthony D. Green: "I really like the topic being covered. JSON seems like it's in every app now and it's good to see some examples of using it from within VB."
Ed Price: "Wow! Incredible depth in this article! "
Richard Mueller: "Outstanding example. This can be leveraged for other uses as well."


Guru Award  Visual C# Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill C#: Local Files Ed Price: "Great, exhaustive article! Easy to navigate and great formatting!"
Carmelo La Monica: "Fantasctic article, very detailed in all parts."
Jaliya Udagedara: "Quite important article. Gives a thorough explanation on how you can use/access file system from the application and the limitations."

Silver Award Winner


Tom Mohan .NET 4.5 Read-Only Interfaces Jaliya Udagedara: "Just great! Well explained set of important interfaces available in .NET 4.5 and beyond."
Carmelo La Monica: "Great topic, it' explain all part of Read-Only Interfaces."
Ed Price: "The diagram really pops! The embedded links add a lot of value!"

Bronze Award Winner


Yan Grenier C#: Serialization and Casting values with XDocument Ed Price: "Fantastic scenario with expert formatting!"
Jaliya Udagedara: "I really like this article. And the sample code can be downloaded from the TechNet gallery, which is great!"
Carmelo La Monica: "Great content and sample code C#."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • Unsafe C# with Pointers by Isham Mohamed
    Carmelo La Monica: "Very good expression, and useful for to learn how use pointer in C#. "
    Jaliya Udagedara: "Good article. I love the line "as a programmer in C# you should know C# has the ability to perform pointer operation", and this article explains how you can do it."
    Ed Price: "Well written article! It could benefit from section Headers, a TOC, and a See Also section at the bottom. The code is very well formatted, and the images help!"


Guru Award  Wiki and Portals Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Ed Price - MSFT Live Meeting Portal Durval Ramos: "Very useful! We need to pull together even more articles about this Product."
PG: "Good starting point for Live Meeting & Lync"
Richard Mueller: "Another great addition to our collection of portals."

Silver Award Winner


Andy ONeill Silverlight Resources on the Technet Wiki Richard Mueller: "Great collection of references"
Durval Ramos: "This article is interesting, has a very useful collection of links for developers and users. "
PG: "Good starting point for Slverlight resources"


Guru Award  Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Carmelo La Monica Windows Phone 8.1: Sqlite (part two) JH: "Very, very detailed article with a lot of code snippets. Can't wait to see another part of the series."
Ed Price: "Another incredibly thorough article! It covers all the details, with code and images! Great formatting on the code snippets."

Silver Award Winner


Emiliano Musso Making a Windows Phone App to read TechNet profile through JSON Ed Price: "What an amazing article!!! The first sections were very clear. I love the prerequisites. And the code download and video at the end are incredibly helpful!"
JH: "This article combines two cool things: Our wiki and app development. If you got the time, play around with it."

Bronze Award Winner


Tom Mohan VariableSizedWrapGrid Ed Price: "Great use of sections and embedded links! It would be good to divide See Also as Wiki articles and Other Resources as non-Wiki links. Great breakdown of the code snippets!"
JH: "Nice introduction about the usage of the VariableSizedGrid in Windows Store Apps."

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:


Guru Award  Windows PowerShell Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Noah Stahl PowerShell & System Center Orchestrator - Best Practice Template Chen V: "Very well documented and good explanation. "
Alan Carlos: "Great article!"
Richard Mueller: "Excellent. Great list if reasons why we want to use this. Should add references at the end in "Other Reources" and/or "See Also" sections. Good example code."


Guru Award  Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Andy ONeill WPF: Change Tracking Ed Price: "Incredibly thorough! Great breakdown of the code. Includes a link to download all the code and great link sections at the bottom!"
KJ: "nice - I love articles with well written base classes I can pull into my projects"

Silver Award Winner


Ayyappan Subramanian Simple navigation technique in WPF using MVVM Ed Price: "Good code coloring and introductory sections. Could benefit from Headers, a TOC, formatting the code in blocks, and link sections at the end (like Download, See Also, or Other Resources), Great to have the TechNet Gallery download!"

Bronze Award Winner


Tom Mohan WPF: MultiBinding and IMultiValueConverter Ed Price: "The Download section at the end really makes it clear. The embedded links also provide a lot of great resources as you read through the article!" 

Also worth a mention were the other entries this month:

  • the Mystery of the Lost Binding by Andy ONeill
    KJ: "loved the intro, hilarious. sometimes databinding is truly evil, and sometimes it is a miracle"
    Ed Price: "Great solution! The code formatting and images help a lot with clarity!"


Guru Award  Windows Server Technical Guru - April 2015  

Gold Award Winner


Darshana Jayathilake Server 2012/2012 R2 Server Manager, manage lower versions of Windows servers Mark Parris: "Handy snippet to know."
JM: "This is a good article that could use an edit pass for grammar and clarity"
Philippe Levesque: "Great tip ! and well illustrated too. Thanks !"
Richard Mueller: "Good information to know. Needs references/links, such as a See Also."

A huge thank you to EVERYONE who contributed an article to April's competition.

Hopefully we will see you ALL again in May 2015's listings?


If you haven't contributed an article for this month, and you think you can create a more useful, clever and better presented wiki article than the winners above, here's your chance! 😀


Best regards,
Pete Laker

More about the TechNet Guru Awards:

Forum posts:

  1. Azure
  2. Azure
  3. Azure
  4. BizTalk
  5. BizTalk
  6. C#
  7. FIM
  8. Power Pivot
  9. PowerShell
  10. SharePoint 2010
  11. Small Basic
  12. SQL Server
  13. SS DBE
  14. SSAS
  15. SSIS
  16. SSRS
  17. Store App
  18. System Center
  19. System Center
  20. System Center
  21. System Center
  22. System Center
  23. System Center
  24. System Center
  25. System Center
  26. TN Wiki
  27. T-SQL
  28. VB
  29. Visio
  30. Windows Phone
  31. Windows Server
  32. Windows Server
  33. Windows Server
  34. Windows Server
  35. WPF
Comments (26)
  1. Congrats to Andy for taking four medals this month, across 4 different categories! And that includes 3 gold and 1 silver! That’s quite an accomplishment!

  2. Theat´s great. Good job.

  3. Andy ONeill says:

    Congratulatiions all.

  4. Pete Laker says:

    Congratulations everyone! Thanks Chervine for mentioning the typo 😉

  5. Chervine says:

    Thanks and Congrats to all winners.

    There’s a typo in the headers, it’s having 2014 everywhere.
    E.g. Windows Server Technical Guru – April 2014.

  6. Thank you (expecially to judges!) and congratulations to all. Good work!

  7. Congratulatiions all winners 🙂

  8. Durval Ramos says:

    Congrats to all winners !!!

    …Especially to Saeid, Shanky, Emiliano, Ed Price, Andy and Sarah… a great TechNet Guru competition !!!

  9. Saeid Hasani says:

    Congrats to all especially to the Database Gurus (Shanky, Samir and Emiliano)!
    Thanks judges!
    Ed, Thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂
    Durval, Thanks! yes, the discussion about the issue was great! 🙂
    Richard, Thanks! I’ll certainly work on the grammar! 🙂
    Thanks Pete! 😀

  10. Congratulations to all the winners specially the SharePoint category:)

    Thank you judges for your valuable feedback.

  11. Cool I win my second medal 🙂 Congrats to all winners.

  12. pituach says:

    Congrats to all winners.
    Well done all contributors!

  13. Shanky_621 says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. Great job saeid….

  14. A hearty congratulations to the SharePoint winners and a ‘job well done’ to all the SharePoint entries.

    There were a total of 17 SharePoint entries in this month’s competition.

  15. Congrats everyone on your awards and thanks to all the judges for their hard work.

  16. Thanks Sandro and Ed! Congrats to all winners!

  17. Andy ONeill says:

    The medal is on the little stick figure next to the entry.
    It’s very much a virtual medal.
    If you look carefully at the last entry above you will notice the medal on the figure is kind of gold-ish.
    The section above has 3 medallists and Tom’s is a sort of red brown which is bronze.
    They’re in order 1st, 2nd, 3rd which is gold silver bronze.

  18. Saeid, you’re very welcome! I missed your comment! Sorry about that.

    Thank you for your dedication and hard work in writing these articles! And for your desire to keep improving. I think each of us need to have that attitude!

    Thank you all for your great efforts!

  19. Danny, congrats on your first medal! It’s a big accomplishment!

  20. danny says:

    Congratulations to all winners.

    Special thanks to judges for valuable feedback.

  21. danny says:

    Where can i see the medal ?

  22. danny says:

    Thanks Andy…I missed the image since its my first medal 🙂

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is a blog post. And you’re reading it.
    Do you know TechNet Wiki?
    It’s this

  24. NOTE: We now have a Skype group that is exclusive to Guru Gold Medal Winners! So if you’ve won a gold medal, but aren’t in the Skype group, please notify me on Skype. My Skype name is “live:edwardnprice”


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